DRAFT: 2014 Class
COLLEGE: South Carolina
HT; 6’0” WT: 206
BENCH PRESS: N/A
VERTICAL JUMP: 34
BROAD JUMP: 9'7"
2012- 11 GMS, 228 ATT, 8.6 YPA, 67.5% COMP, 17 TDS, 7 INT/ 131 ATT, 3.3 YPC, 3 TDS
2013- 13 GMS, 284 ATT, 8.6 YPA, 63.4% COMP, 24 TDS, 1 INT/ 180 ATT, 3.6 YPC, 6 TDS
Connor Shaw measures a bit short in comparison to the “norm” of today’s pro QB. Shaw has a live arm and excellent mobility skills. Arm strength has improved from last season. Coach Steve Spurrier has made it known quite loudly that Shaw is the best QB South Carolina has ever had. Shaw’s decision-making has jumped in maturity this past season and the single INT on his 2013 record is no fluke. Working exclusively out of the shotgun, Shaw ran Coach Spurrier’s multiple scheme offense that maintained balance between run and pass, utilized run-option concepts. The SoCar passer is urgent in his drop-backs, with solid ball carriage and a quick release. A knock on Shaw is his penchant to lock in on his initial target and failing to run progressions if covered, opting to tuck it and go. Rarely is Shaw seen with his head toggling side-to-side in search of an alternate receiver, and his usual check-downs are directed to his running backs. To his credit the 2013 edition of wideouts at South Carolina were not overly impressive or creative. When delivering the football Shaw has an effective high point of release and most times does so with excellent footwork, good setting and little wasted motion. There is no wind-up in his delivery and just a slight arm draw-back when going deep. His lack of prototypical size hasn’t resulted in many balls batted down at the line as Shaw finds open passing lanes using his above average running skills. He can make most of the throws required, inside and to the sidelines. On plays to his left the QB gets his shoulders squared and maintains good velocity. Has enough arm to stick the ball in tight seams and has a live ball with little arch 25-35 yards out. Despite lack of size Shaw uses little extra body-torque to generate power, a tell of a good arm. While he doesn’t always toss the tightest spiral, especially in a classic set and throw from the pocket, Shaw gets good spin on most passes and is accurate. Very smart with the football, has a great understanding of the game, knows where the football needs to be placed and sees the field well. Because of his below average size, Connor Shaw’s NFL success will most likely be tied to playing in an offensive scheme that fits. The opportunities are there in today’s pro game as pro playbook authors install more and more spread, zone and option plays.
NEGS: Shaw seems to be injury prone, mostly due to his fearless playing style and his eagerness to tuck the football and take off running. As a pro he will need to learn to end a run sliding, something he rarely did in college. Shaw must expand his progressions in the NFL, seeking out 2nd and 3rd options if target 1 is covered. Hand size may be a bit small as footballs will at times come off his hand with a wobble. Sharp up to 35 yards, Shaw’s deep ball accuracy waivers past that range but that can be cleaned up at the pro level. Size will be an issue at times in the NFL, but mobility could eliminate that neg.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks or Doug Flutie
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01/25/2014: Probably a third-day draftee. Needs to be in a QB-active program such as Coach Kelly’s Philadelphia offense or Coach Trestman’s scheme in Chicago. Most likely a 3rd-day draft choice, if drafted at all, Shaw figures to be a quality reserve in his early NFL seasons and carry little to no fantasy value, especially in re-draft formats. Should he get on the field after some pro seasoning Shaw becomes a dual-threat QB who will extend plays, turn in impressive broken-play scores and add rushing yards to his scrimmage totals. I’d love to see Shaw get into a strict QB-centric program such as the type New Orleans coach Sean Payton runs, Coach Andy Reid’s WCO in KC or Coach Harbaugh’s tough-love in San Francisco. Connor Shaw is a project that projects as a player to start considering in 2-3 years.